The Reaching Pot – Transformations with Life #9

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to repurpose this small tea bowl. It was very nicely done, comfortable in the hand, and with a beautiful blue crackle glaze. This early pot got very close to some of the early Korean pots I was inspired by. When I added this little indoor hanging plant, I wasn’t sure how it would react, much less how it would grow. I thought it would hang down over the sides and cover the pot. Well, I was off the mark on that one. Wishing an hour of being transplanted, the plant raised its arms and seemed to grow before my eyes. It’s been happy there ever since.

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The Forest Floor – Transformations with Life #8

After planting the four maple seedlings I added some garden moss to keep the soil moist and then I put it in the sun. A few days later other plants started to grow. It looks very much like the floor of the forest with the trees high about and tons of life struggling fort a little sun under the canopy.

The pot is equally alive with textures imitating the magic that occurs in an Anagama kiln, but done in an electric kiln. Old shards of porcelain are fused into the sides and patches of iron oxide emulate natures hand when the flames and smoke paint the pots in a wood fired kiln. I’m very happy with this one.

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A Creeping Donavan – Transformations of Life #3

This pitiful succulent was laying half out of its plastic pot when I found it in the hardware store garden centre. It needed some love. I wasn’t sure it would to survive being transplanted, much less be able to stand being formed and bent with wire. I gently added fresh earth around it and placed it in one of my more successful tea bowls. I watered it for a few days and watched it come back to life, before bending and shaping it into the bonsai form you see here. To my joy, it continued to get stronger.

The pot is slab built and tapped from an earthenware clay body. The glaze is a dark celadon dip that I brushed and in some places, splattered red iron oxide stain. The small bumps you see are scraps of porcelain I had laying around the studio before cleaning time. I rolled the soft pot in them before bisque firing.

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The Potted Pixie – Transformations With Life #2

This simple succulent is elevated and transformed, as is the small tea bowl, now reborn as a planter. The pot now lives into a second life with purpose as the home of this baby plant. Something about how she stands in the pot, full of mischief and reaching to get out and conquer the world, reminded me of images of pixies playing in a child’s bedroom as it slept.

The pot is hand built from a raku stoneware clay body, with a base tapped to a rustic taper. The glaze is achieved by alienating layers of  a Pinel Green, with a high gloss clear, and a surface brushing of a slip mad of the same clay body, mat white glaze, and iron dust.  The inside is coated in a red engobe covered in a clear glaze.

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A Sideboard Transformation -Simple To Sexy

Design That Inspires A Gentle Touch

simple sideboard- before

I couldn’t resist the call to do something with this little piece. Salvaged from a moving sale, “priced-to-go” pile, it sat sad and unloved. Still in pretty good shape. The legs needed tightening and the surface needed a good dusting, but otherwise it looked good… Well, actually the tune-up returned it to boring, but something about it really moved me. I just wanted to love it.  For the most part, this sad little piece remained unremarkable. So what the heck could I do with it?

sexy sideboard table

Where To Take The Piece?

The Danish simplicity of the design pushes us to look for what aspects are the most attractive. Simple colours and crisp lines mean we can use it in almost any decor setting and it will offer a little contrast, as well as a base for more eclectic decorative choices:  bright glass or ceramic bowls, vases full of vibrant flowers, wild paintings or tapestries hung above it, or a touch of lovely fabric draped over it.

Now I needed to decide on the changes that would retain the versatility of the piece within any given decor and bring out the most beautiful aspects of its design. In my view, the elegance lies in the elongated lines of the design. It’s a relatively small piece, but looks long enough to become a focal point in a minimalist decor setting. So, I set to exaggerating those lines.

sexy sideboard table 2

Gently hand-sanding the old varnish off the solid-wood surface, I cleaned it again with warm water & vinegar, to raise the grain a little. I struggled with whether or not to paint the drawer front and decided to keep it unpainted, because I liked the grain on it. I also felt it drew the eye up, thus further elongating the legs. I chose a blackboard paint for the paint, because I felt the matte contrasted with the subtle finishing wax covering the wood. The finishing wax left a satin, semi-gloss finish and softened the grain of the wood.  I’m happy that I was able to use an old pewter knob, reclaimed from the growing store of odds and ends in my shop.


  • Original Materials: Solid Pine.
  • Refinished With: Charcoal Black Milk Paint and Clear Finishing Wax.
  • Dimensions: a) W – 28″ (71cm), D – 12″ (30cm), H – 28″ (71cm).
  • Retail Price: $200.00